by Emma Thomas-McGinnis, artist & quilter


April 11th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

I finished this Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt. It turned out a perfect size for a 12″ x 12″ shadow-box style frame. I’m very pleased with the results. Usually I display quilts, even small ones, by just hanging them on the wall…but this is a lesson in the difference a frame can make!

Click the thumbnail for a photo where you can see the stitches better.

English Paper-piecing

March 27th, 2008 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)

November 20, 2007, Sharon Meisenheimer gave a presentation to the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild Newcomers group on the topic of English paper-piecing. She was wonderful and the quilts she showed were truly amazing! I had fun with the little project we tried and have done a few more English paper-pieced projects since.

The first project was one for the center of a larger quilt. The hexagons were 1 1/2″.


Then I tried a smaller version, which I will finish as a small framed piece, like in Quilt magazine April/May 2008 called “Nana’s Flower Patch”. These hexagons were only 3/4″, but I don’t think it was significantly faster!